Majority-Black Georgia County Rejects Plan to Shutter Polling Places
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Officials on Friday morning rejected a proposal to close almost all polling locations in the majority-black rural southwest Randolph County in Georgia. The proposal would have closed seven of the county’s nine polling locations. The American Civil Liberties Union—which argued that such closures would have a disproportionate effect on black voters—was among several civil-rights groups that objected to the recommendation, which was announced in a newspaper a few weeks earlier. African Americans make up a full 60 percent of the county’s population.